first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement MoviesBest Motion Picture – Drama“Call Me by Your Name”“Dunkirk”“The Post”“The Shape of Water”“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” *WINNER.Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy“The Disaster Artist”“Get Out”“The Greatest Showman”“I, Tonya”“Lady Bird” *WINNER.Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – DramaJessica Chastain, “Molly’s Game”Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” *WINNERMeryl Streep, “The Post”Michelle Williams, “All the Money in the World”.Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – DramaTimothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”Tom Hanks, “The Post”Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” *WINNERDenzel Washington, “Roman J. 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first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – One customer was a debt collector that threatened to jail people if they didn’t pay back loans that they never took out. Another was an offshore gambling operation that hid bets behind innocuous-sounding websites, including one dedicated to orange cats. A third was a phone-sex business catering to men with diaper fetishes or fantasies of raping women.Ahmad “Andy” Khawaja made his fortune in online payment processing for a host of companies, providing a key conduit in e-commerce for “high risk” merchants by helping route customers’ credit card purchases to banks. And recently Khawaja has shared that wealth in the form of multimillion-dollar political donations, first to Hillary Clinton and then to Donald Trump.But thousands of internal company documents obtained by The Associated Press reveal that Khawaja’s company, Allied Wallet Inc., has profited from guiding dubious businesses past the gates of the banking system. The records, which include email conversations as well as business and financial documents, show Allied Wallet executives helped deploy sham websites and dummy companies to hide these businesses’ tracks, even in cases where Allied Wallet’s own staff deemed the underlying business activities to be “very, very illegal.”The company’s actions in these cases flout bank policies, credit card network rules and potentially U.S. laws designed to prevent money laundering. In one instance, a company official complained to Khawaja that a colleague had provided “specific instructions on how to set up and operate an illegal gaming operation online.”Khawaja and a company lawyer didn’t address a detailed list of questions from the AP about Allied Wallet’s business, as well as Khawaja’s political giving, for over a month.This week the Los Angeles-based company’s marketing director, A.J. Almeda, said in a statement that “any accusations of illicit or prohibited activities are misleading and categorically false.” Almeda called the AP’s line of inquiry “a political hit job due to the Allied Wallet’s contribution to President Donald Trump’s inauguration and support of his tax cut agenda.”The Lebanese-born Khawaja gave more than $4 million to Clinton’s failed presidential campaign and other Democrats, then began extending his largesse to Republicans after a lunch with Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy two weeks after Trump clinched the presidency.Within days of that lunch, Khawaja met Trump at a $5,000-per-person transition fundraiser in Manhattan. Soon after he contributed $1 million to his inaugural committee, eventually earning himself a photo with the president inside the Oval Office.The documents reviewed by the AP provide an unprecedented look behind the scenes of Khawaja’s company, which claims to process billions of dollars a year in online transactions.They also come against the backdrop of a previous run-in with federal authorities over processing illegal online gambling proceeds: In 2010, Khawaja and his company were forced to give up $13 million in a civil forfeiture stemming from a sprawling FBI probe into the online poker industry.“The reason they had to forfeit the money was they were acting on behalf of an illegal gambling outfit,” said Roy Pollitt, a former FBI special agent who worked the case. “Based upon the agreement that was made years ago, it’s troubling to hear there might be similar behaviour still occurring.”Allied Wallet’s past hasn’t stopped Washington from accepting Khawaja’s political generosity.In all, Khawaja, his company and its executives have contributed at least $6 million to politicians and political organizations since late 2015, according to an AP review of disclosure reports.Since Trump’s inauguration, the company and its executives have given nearly $1 million more to Republican candidates and committees, including $200,000 from Khawaja to Rep. Ron DeSantis, a Trump-backed candidate running for governor in Florida.Donations to Democrats include nearly $2 million to the Democratic National Committee, along with a who’s who of top candidates, including Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.In June, the Senate minority leader, New York Democrat Chuck Schumer, appointed Khawaja as one of nine members on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. In April, Charlie Kirk, the outspoken head of the pro-Trump super PAC Turning Point USA, touted Khawaja on Twitter as a beneficiary of Trump’s tax plan.Nobody in Washington, Democrat or Republican, appears to have questioned how Khawaja earned his money, and what exactly Khawaja might hope to gain from his political giving is not entirely clear. The records reviewed by the AP show that Khawaja has pursued foreign business deals, including an investment by a United Arab Emirates-controlled wealth fund, a prospective deal with an Iranian bank and a potential business arrangement with Lebanon. Some U.S. senators he has supported are on the banking committee, which writes laws governing his industry.___‘IT JUST SCARED ME SO I PAID IT’Last August, the Trump administration ended a Justice Department effort called Operation Choke Point that investigated banks and other financial institutions working in industries such as payday lending that carry high risks of fraud.That kind of policy change could be helpful for Allied Wallet customers like Stark Law LLC of Chicago, an aggressive debt collector that posed as a law firm and threatened tens of thousands of Americans into giving them money — often for payday loans they never even signed up for.That’s what happened to Mary Liz Nogueras when a Stark debt collector called her at work in late 2015 and threatened to take her to court if she didn’t immediately pay $890 to cover an outstanding payday loan. Nogueras didn’t recall owing any money but was frightened by the collector’s abrasiveness, so she offered up her credit card number over the phone.“It just scared me so I paid it,” said Nogueras, who lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with her husband and their two children, one of whom has special needs.A few months later, in March 2016, Federal Trade Commission regulators and Illinois prosecutors charged Stark’s owners with running a massive fraud operation, eventually forcing them out of the debt collection business entirely, issuing a $47 million judgment against them and making them personally forfeit $9 million — along with a 1-kilogram gold bar — to settle the claims.Eight months before Stark was busted, Allied Wallet set up credit card processing for a web of online merchants that supposedly sold home goods but actually were owned by payday loan-related companies with names like Clearwater Lending, the records reviewed by the AP show. The arrangement included some indications of suspicious activity: The websites lacked inventory, were unable to collect payments and failed to correctly spell words like “towels.”Whenever a bank caught the obvious misconduct, Allied Wallet would shut down the site and notify the bank of its actions — but then route the same payments through a new fake company, the records show. In just one month in late 2015, consumers filed hundreds of fraud complaints with their credit card companies about bills from Stark and a web of other front companies, the documents show.In October 2015, just three months after Allied Wallet began processing for Stark Associates Ltd., a UK shell company that handled the Stark debt collections, a risk analyst warned Allied Wallet about questionable transactions on the account, examining in detail the sale of a yellow curtain valance supposedly shipped to a nonexistent address: 123 Main Street in Townsville, New York.Not only had one of the banks processing Stark’s payments — OCBC Wing Hang Bank in Macau — noticed multiple fraud complaints on the account, the analyst wrote, but also the websites on the account itself were fishy, designed exactly like another site that Allied had recently shut down for engaging in “transaction laundering,” according to the email.A month later, the risk analyst followed up with top Allied employees, this time certain Stark was not legitimate: “In case it is of interest to you, we have now received a chargeback case that confirms that the merchant STARK, which you already closed, was indeed misrepresenting its business and offering loan services instead of home decor,” the analyst wrote.But the risk analyst was mistaken.Allied Wallet hadn’t stopped processing for Stark and continued to do so until February 2016, one month before regulators busted the company, the emails show.The account itself was moved to a related company called Rolling Plains Ltd., according to a November 2015 email to Allied Wallet’s chief operating officer, Moe Diab, from Tom Wells, an intermediary who brought Allied the Stark accounts in exchange for a percentage of the business.“They never stopped processing,” Wells wrote. “In fact you made payment to new acct this week.”Regulators named Gaurav Mohindra as a key player in the Stark debt-collection scheme. He told the AP he had never heard of Allied Wallet. Incorporation records show he was the director of Stark Associates Ltd., the UK corporation Allied Wallet created for the supposed home decor website jvalances.com that was used to disguise Nogueras’ $890 fake debt payment when it was passed along to Visa.Wells did not return phone and email messages seeking comment.___‘I NEED YOU TO HELP ME HELP YOU’With most of the questionable customers Allied Wallet took on, the documents show, the company appeared to seek plausible deniability.First, Allied Wallet helped businesses create dormant shell corporations in the United Kingdom to access its network of friendly banks from Malta to Macau, the records show. Then it coached clients on how to curate their websites to fool investigators performing compliance checks for banks and credit card companies, the documents reveal.“Remove the video of the woman being tortured in the top left corner of the home page,” Amy Ringler, the company’s vice-president of operations, wrote to one pornography client in October 2012, noting the video would violate Mastercard’s standards.Once websites passed muster, company officials would then route those businesses’ incoming payments to banks willing to accept them. If a merchant racked up too many fraud complaints — or a bank caught on to suspicious behaviour — Allied Wallet would sometimes simply shift the account to a new institution to start fresh. In exchange, Allied Wallet charged hefty rates and fees as a processor of last resort for especially risky clientele, the records show.These merchants were then mixed in with others that Allied Wallet sent to banks which, though considered in the industry to be “high-risk,” weren’t necessarily legally problematic. Among them: clients peddling multilevel marketing deals, IT help desk services and natural supplements, the records show.Not all customers were happy with Allied Wallet’s insistence on holding funds for long stretches to cover expected chargeback and fraud fees, but the nature of legally dubious businesses prevented many from finding an alternative processor.“Why would anyone use a high priced processor unless they have a questionable product?” the frustrated CEO of an unusual Irish company that specializes in selling phoney ATM receipts, forged hotel bills and other fabricated documents wrote in a March 2016 email to company officials. “If I’m going to go to the bother of pretending I am a clean green business, then I’ll use a payment system that gets me more of the money in a quicker manner.”To help the now-defunct website www.phonesexcoffeehouse.com get its payments processed by American Express — which the credit card company wouldn’t otherwise accept — Allied Wallet worked with the company to disguise its true business, the records showed.The website charged callers in the U.S. $2 a minute to talk about various fetishes or engage in elaborate rape fantasies with female accomplices, according to an archived webpage.To co-ordinate their arrangement, an Allied Wallet salesman used a private email address to communicate with Donna Jones, one of the sex line’s owners: “I’ll help you out but I need you to help me help you, notice the email I’m sending this from.”To avoid raising the suspicions of American Express, Jones and Allied Wallet funneled the payments through another business Jones owned that had nothing to do with sex: a home-cleaning company called WKPS Group, according to the records.“We will do whatever is asked, and keep our mouths shut,” Jones wrote. “You can make a lot of money with us, I will do as you say.”Just 45 minutes after the arrangement started, Allied Wallet’s chief compliance officer issued an urgent internal warning based on a tip: The cleaning company had already been identified by a rival processor as a front for phone-sex transactions.The November 2016 warning went unanswered. Some company officials knew the cleaning business was a front because they already were using it that way.American Express declined to address Allied Wallet or the records detailing how it processed funds for the defunct sex site. In a statement, a spokesman, Andrew Johnson, said the company could require a processor to cancel processing for merchants that break the law, violate its rules or damage its brand.Jones could not be reached for comment. She did not return a message sent to the email addresses she used to correspond with Allied Wallet.___‘VERY, VERY ILLEGAL’The records show that Allied Wallet also took extraordinary steps to disguise how it processed payments for online gamblers — a bold foray back into an industry that just years earlier had involved Khawaja in an FBI investigation.To settle claims from a 2010 federal probe involving the website PokerStars, Khawaja enlisted former FBI Director Louis Freeh to negotiate with federal prosecutors in New York and write anti-money laundering policies for Allied Wallet, according to court records.Since then, Khawaja appears to have avoided processing payments for U.S. bettors, the records show. But the documents show that his company has accepted and obscured international business from GVC Holdings PLC, one of the most prominent gambling outfits in the online industry, often in places where online gambling is prohibited or highly regulated.For example, Allied Wallet handled processing for a company behind the now-defunct, bare-bones website totembazaar.com, which claimed to sell e-books and told credit card companies that it was selling miscellaneous general merchandise.It wasn’t.The website was a front, listed in 2012 business paperwork for LLJH Ltd., a company owned by Elizabeth Cullen, then a top corporate officer at GVC Holdings PLC, according to the records.The records obtained by the AP show that top GVC executives collaborated with Allied Wallet and a trusted middleman to hide gambling operations involving currencies from countries where online betting is illegal or highly regulated, including Turkey, Brazil and Mexico.Just before Christmas 2012, Jim Humberstone, GVC’s head of operations, worked with Wells, the intermediary who would later bring the fraudulent Stark debt collectors to Allied Wallet, the emails show.The records show that Wells passed GVC’s information along to Khawaja and other top Allied Wallet company officials, who placed the business in an Allied Wallet account called Bluestar 7. That account handled payments for totembazzar, along with the site radialmarkets.com, which GVC claimed was owned by a company called JHLL Ltd.“I’m concerned about the descriptor containing ‘GVC’ could we remove this and have ‘Radial’ and ‘Totem’ alone?” Lisa Lupi, then the head of GVC’s risk department, wrote in an email to Wells.Allied Wallet made the changes and processed payments for the gambling sites, switching the Bluestar 7 account every week between two banks, Borgun in Iceland and Postbank in Germany.In February 2016, Wells wrote to top Allied Wallet officials to inquire about leftover reserves in the Bluestar gambling accounts on behalf of GVC, noting they were handling Brazilian, Mexican or Turkish currencies, according to the email.Online betting is highly regulated in Mexico and Brazil. In Turkey, it is prohibited altogether; an internal Allied Wallet guide to global casino regulations described it as “very, very illegal” there.Humberstone and GVC’s head of corporate communications did not respond to emails and phone calls over several weeks seeking comment. Lupi and Cullen didn’t return emailed messages.Allied Wallet’s chief operating officer, Diab, said in a brief phone interview that he didn’t know what GVC was and denied the company transacted for it.“We don’t do gambling at all,” he told the AP, directing further questions to Khawaja and a company lawyer.Khawaja and the lawyer did not respond to specific questions from the AP about the company’s business practices.As recently as February 2017, Allied Wallet operated as many as two dozen Bluestar accounts, recycling old companies to host websites that served as fronts for gambling operations, the records show. The sites could be created as fast as they shut down.“This is the URL that was closed the other day because the bank said the transactions were coming from a gaming website,” Ringler, the Allied Wallet vice-president of operations, wrote to Wells in May 2014 regarding a site called plusfigurines.com.Plusfigurines.com was being processed via an Allied Wallet account called Bluestar 18, another account dedicated to gambling. But to keep the business flowing, Allied Wallet needed new fronts to disguise the transactions.“I need a different website, descriptor and company from you,” Ringler wrote Wells in an email reviewed by The AP.The risks from the gambling business weren’t lost on company officials, the documents show.In May 2015, the company’s chief compliance officer emailed the top Allied Wallet executives that he had personally verified a company salesman giving “specific instructions on how to set up and operate an illegal gaming operation online.”That prompted Khawaja to interject: “Guys, stop this… Come on.”Nine months later, Wells, the trusted Allied Wallet intermediary, notified top company officials that he would be meeting with GVC in London and wanted to know what procedure to follow to open a new set of disguised gambling accounts, according to a February 2016 email.“Can we create website and eu Corp as before or has anything changed?” Wells asked.The response from Diab, Allied Wallet’s chief operating officer: “Set up will be the same.”___Horwitz reported from Washington. Associated Press writer Chad Day and editor Ted Bridis in Washington contributed to this report.last_img read more


Emerging economies are rapidly closing the gap in global research and development between the industrialized world and developing countries with China, India and the Republic of Korea devoting increasing resources to science and technology, a new United Nations report unveiled today shows.According to the report by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Asia’s share of gross domestic expenditure on research and development (GERD) rose from 27 to 32 per cent between 2002 and 2007, while over the same period, the European Union (EU), the United States and Japan registered a decrease.The report, released to coincide with the observance of the World Science Day for Peace and Development, shows that almost 83 per cent of research and development was carried out in developed countries in 2002, but by 2007 that share had dropped to 76 per cent.This trend is even clearer when industry’s contribution to GERD is considered. Between 2000 and 2007, the private sector share of research and development spending, as a proportion of gross domestic product (GDP), saw a sharp increase in Japan, China, Singapore and especially the Republic of Korea, while it remained stable in Germany, France, and the United Kingdom, and even saw a slight decrease in Russia and the US.“The distribution of research and development efforts between North and South has changed with the emergence of new players in the global economy,” Irina Bokova, the UNESCO Director General, said in her foreword to the report.“The bipolar world in which science and technology were dominated by the Triad made up of the European Union, Japan and the USA is gradually giving way to a multi-polar world, with an increasing number of public and private research hubs spreading across North and South,” she added.The report also observes that developed countries have similarly seen their share of scientific publications drop from 84 per cent in 2002, to 75 per cent n 2008, a period when China’s share more than doubled, increasing from 5.2 per cent to 10.6 per cent, even if the citation rate of its articles lags behind those in the developed countries.It notes that the transformation is being helped by the extremely rapid development of the Internet, which has become a powerful medium for disseminating knowledge.However, the report also takes note of the fact that the EU, Japan and the US have maintained their lead in patents. “Of all the indicators used in the World Science report, it is the patent indicator which points most strikingly to the inequality of knowledge creation at the global level,” the report says. The US Patents and Trademark Office, European Patent Office and Japan Patent Office claim the lion’s share, and patents filed with these bodies mean they are of a high quality, the report’s authors explain.The report also highlights the problem of brain drain, noting that while developing countries are training more researchers and scientists, it does not necessarily mean that they will easily find jobs in their countries of origin, a factor that feeds a South-North and North-North migration of graduates.India, Turkey, some countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia are particularly faced with this problem. At least a third of African researchers were estimated to be working abroad in 2009.In her forward, Ms. Bokova also highlighted the need for what she described as “scientific diplomacy.” “I am convinced that, more than ever, regional and international scientific cooperation is crucial to addressing the interrelated, complex and growing global challenges with which we are confronted,” she said.The theme of this year’s World Science Day is “Science for the rapprochement of peoples and cultures.”“We seek to mobilize science knowledge and policy for sustainable development with three goals in mind – to leverage scientific knowledge for the benefit of the environment and the management of natural resources, to foster policies and capacity-building in science, technology and innovation, and to contribute to disaster preparedness and mitigation,” Ms. Bokova said her message to mark the Day. 10 November 2010Emerging economies are rapidly closing the gap in global research and development between the industrialized world and developing countries with China, India and the Republic of Korea devoting increasing resources to science and technology, a new United Nations report unveiled today shows. read more


A Pakistani militant linked to a number of high-profile attacks was killed in a joint Afghan-U.S. special forces operation in eastern Afghanistan, Afghan police officials and Talibancommanders said, according to the Associated Press.Qari Ajmal, allegedly responsible for several militant attacks in Pakistan, was killed in Afghanistan’s Paktika province, three Taliban commanders said. The operation started at midnight and lasted until early Saturday morning, they said. All three spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution. Ajmal, a leader of the banned al-Qaida-linked Pakistani sectarian group Lashkar-e-Jhangi, was wanted for major attacks, most notably one on the Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009 that killed six police officers and wounded seven players. Brig. Gen. Charles Cleveland, the U.S. military spokesman in Afghanistan, also confirmed the operation but did not say which militants were targeted. “Afghan and U.S. forces did conduct a counter-terrorism operation in Paktika,” he said, but added that for security reasons “we do not discuss the details of counter-terror operations.”Pakistan and Afghanistan share a sizable lawless border region, which serves as a safe haven for local and al-Qaida-linked foreign Islamic militants. They routinely shuttle back and forth across the border to evade security forces. (Colombo Gazette) Paktika police chief Gen. Khalil Ziayee confirmed the operation, saying one militant was killed and three arrested. He gave no further details. read more


Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman praised “hard-working” staff and the NHS was providing “world class” care despite extra pressures. He added: “We are committed to making the NHS the safest place in the world to have a baby – that’s why earlier this year we announced a 25 per cent increase in midwifery training places, starting with 650 more in 2019 and a plan to train 3000 more over the next 4 years.”  Trusts across England were £814 million in deficit at the end of June, the report also reveals. NHS Improvement said this is £22 million better than planned at the beginning of the year, but £78 million worse than the year ending June 2017.The projected deficit for the end of 2018/19, which stands at £519 million, is “clearly unaffordable”, the report said. Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt during a tour of the Royal Free Hospital, north London “A&Es up and down the country have been successful in treating more patients than ever before within four hours. “We are helping trusts ensure that no-one stays in hospital longer than they need to, so that beds are free for other patients who urgently need them.” The figures also show the number of patients waiting longer than a year for planned operations has more than doubled in a year. In total 3,402 patients had waited at least 12 months in June 2018, compared to 1,475 in June 2017.Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said trusts “are doing all they can” to respond to increasing demand, workforce shortages, and financial pressures.”However hard they run, they don’t seem able to outpace the increase in demand,” he said. “Trusts tell us they are most worried about the workforce shortages they face, and it’s a real concern that these figures have shown such a big increase in vacancy levels.”It’s worrying that this problem is getting worse rather than better.” Ian Dalton, chief executive of NHS Improvement, said: “Staff are working extremely hard to cope with a rise in A&E attendances and high occupancy levels. Tom Sandford, of the Royal College of Nursing, said the report painted a “bleak picture” – including a 17 per cent rise in nurse vacancies in just three months. “The government must immediately investigate this sudden spike,” he said.  Siva Anandaciva, chief analyst at the King’s Fund think tank, said the shortage of nurses was at risk of becoming a “national emergency”. The NHS is losing 29 midwives for every 30 trained, new figures show.  The research comes as latest staff vacancy levels published by the NHS prompted warnings of a “national emergency”.The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) said attempts to boost staff numbers had made little difference, because so many are leaving the NHS or taking retirement. Its research shows that even though universities trained an extra 2,000 midwives in 2016/17, the total number rose by just 67, because so many workers left the service.RCM chief executive Gill Walton said, “It is of deep concern that we’re only seeing an increase of about one NHS midwife for every 30 or so newly-qualified midwives graduating from our universities. The problem is that so many existing midwives are leaving the service that the two things almost cancel each other out.”–– ADVERTISEMENT ––It came as official data published by watchdog NHS Improvement shows more than 107,743 NHS vacancies in England at the end of June, with one in eight nursing posts vacant. Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt during a tour of the Royal Free Hospital, north LondonCredit:Dan Kitwood/PA read more


Charities, former ministers and MPs last night described the figures as “deeply disturbing” and “intolerable in a civilised society”. Almost 290,000 reports of serious injuries in non-NHS care homes have been reported to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) since October 2010, the watchdog said.   Serious injuries, which include deaths, have risen rapidly year on year, reaching a record high of 43,594 in 2018, almost twice the number recorded in 2011, when there were 23,709. The number of serious injuries reported by care homes in England has almost doubled since 2011, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal. There have already been more than 14,600 reported injuries this year up to the start of April,…


Vive Tauron Kielce beat Pick Szeged 27:26 after a dramatic match. Kielce fans saw probably the most thrilling game of the season so far. Both teams showed different faces, the turn of events was unexpected, but in the end team from Kielce turned out to be better by one goal. This victory hands Polish team first place in the group D.The Saturday game was very important for the teams because the stake was first place in the group table. Vive, unbeaten so far, arrived in Szeged quite weakened – besides lasting absence of Aginagalde, Reichmann, and Rosiński, injury of Uroš Zorman prevented him from playing. Pick, beaten in Champions League only by Kielce, wanted to take a revenge against Polish champions and keep a chance for the first place.Kielce started very decently – they gained a small advantage from the first minutes. Their defence worked quite well and additionally they were backed by Šego in the goal. However, 10 minutes were enough for Pick to improve their defence. Kielce started having problems with breaking through it and Pick had a chance to equalize at 6:6 but failed to score. Instaed, Kielce pulled out and lead 8:5. After about 20 minutes of the game, Pick’s coach decided to give Piotr Wyszomirski a chance and, as it turned out very soon, he hit the bull’s eye. Polish goalie started by saving Buntić’s penalty throw; he also managed to stop Čupić and last seconds throw from Jachlewski. Still, Kielce team kept the lead and the halftime result was 11:14.In the second half, spectators could have thought that the teams exchanged shirts during the break. Kielce stopped in attack, they either kept missing or were rejected by Wyszomirski. In 34. Pick equalized at 15:15, and right after that they took their first lead (16:15). Coach Duyshebaev decided to put Szmal instead of Šego in the goal but Szmal didn’t look good either. Vive seemed pretty helpless and confused while Szeged looked confident. Polish team just couldn’t find the way to score; Szeged stayed strong in defence and the chances were wasted or saved by Wyszomirski. In 10 minutes Hungarian team managed to make up 6 goals (20:17, 41. minute); 5 minutes later the gap was 4 goals (22:18). Kielce defenders couldn’t cope with Bombač and Rajko Prodanović. Finally, with 10 minutes to go, Szmal started saving throws but his team mates still couldn’t score. It seemed like in 54 minute Michał Jurecki decided to show his mates how to score and defend. He scored twice and with 3 minutes to go, Musa equalized at 25:25. Strong defence paid off and Štrlek gave his team the lead again (25:26). Poles thought they got even closer to the victory when Jurecki scored again, but the goal was decided to be scored against the rules and in 29. minute Pick scored for 26:26. Kielce had the ball but Tkaczyk hit the goalpost and Pick got the ball. Thanks to risky but good defending from Štrlek, one of the Pick players made an attacking foul and Kielce had a chance to win. This time Kielce didn’t waste it – Ivan Čupić hit the net and Kielce won the match.Pick: Sierra, Wyszomirski – Ancsin 1, Balogh 4, Blazevic, Bombac 3/2, Fekete, Garcia Parrondo 2, Garcia Roblego 1, Ilyes 3, Kallman 4, Mindegia Elizaga, Prodanovic 6, Vatkerti, Vranjes 1, Zubai 1.Vive: Szmal, Sego – Bielecki 6/3, Buntić 1, Chrapkowski 1, Cupić 4, Grabarczyk, Jachlewski, Jurecki 6, Lijewski 2, Musa 2, Strlek 2, Tkaczyk 3, Zorman.Dunkerque HB Grand Littoral (FRA) vs HC Motor Zaporozhye 31:29 (17:17)STANDINGS: TEXT: Martyna Usnarska 1. KS Vive Tauron Kielce8800248:212(36)16 3. Dunkerque HB Grand Littora…8305196:202(-6)6 ← Previous Story Sensation in Plock – Barca suffer first season defeat! Next Story → Metalurg and Meshkov on the brink of elimination 2. MOL-Pick Szeged8602224:209(15)12 5. HC Motor Zaporozhye8206220:226(-6)4 5. Kadetten Schaffhausen8125207:239(-32)4 3. Aalborg Handball8224203:210(-7)6 read more


first_imgHIROSHI YAMAUCHI, the man who led Nintendo for more than 50 years and helped bring the world Super Mario and the Game Boy, has died. He was 85.Yamauchi passed away yesterday of pneumonia at a hospital in central Japan.Known as a visionary and among the richest men in Japan, Yamauchi was the man who employed legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of a legion of hits including Mario and Donkey Kong.It was under Yamauchi’s leadership that the company released the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1983. Known in Japan as the Family Computer, the system set a template for modern video game consoles.The NES was followed by the SNES in 1990, the Nintendo 64 in 1996, the GameCube in 2001 and the Wii in 2006. Source: WikipediaYamauchi was president of Nintendo from 1949 to 2002. After being succeeded at the helm by Satoru Iwata, Yamauchi stayed on as adviser, but his role increasingly diminished with the years.“We will continue to treasure the values Yamauchi taught us — that what makes you unique lies at the core of entertainment. And we at Nintendo will continue to change the company flexibly to adapt to the times, as Yamauchi did, to carry on his spirit,” Iwata said in a statement. Source: nesguide- Additional reporting Michael FreemanWhich one of these retro games consoles did you covet?>16 video game songs which you’ll know every note of>last_img read more


first_imgNew game releases on the PC don’t generally ask too much of your hardware. That’s usually because developers have had to create a game that runs on the ageing Xbox 360 and PS3, which modern PC components easily out perform. The only company that has really forced upgrades on users in order to play more recent PC games is Microsoft, and that’s only because of a lack of DirectX support in Windows XP beyond DX9.Developer Nixxes, which is handling development of the new Tomb Raider game for PC alongside Crystal Dynamics, has decided older systems and their owners still matter. If you want to play the latest Lara Croft adventure next month, you don’t need a performance rig sitting under you desk. In fact, you don’t even need Windows 7 or a DX10/11 graphics card.In order to play Tomb Raider you only need to have the following core components:Dual core Intel Core 2 Duo 1.86GHz or AMD Athlon62 X2 2.1GHz1GB RAMAMD Radeon HD 2600 XT or Nvidia 8600 DX9 graphics cardWindows XP with Service Pack 3That means if you have a system built back in 2007/8 there’s still a good chance the game will run. But don’t assume that means Tomb Raider won’t take advantage of what the latest hardware has to offer.At the high end, the recommended specs for playing the game include:Quad core Intel Core i5-750 or AMD Phenom II X2 5654GB RAMAMD Radeon HD 4870 or Nvidia GTX 480 DX11 graphics cardWindows 7 or Windows 8It’s certainly going to be a very different game in terms of visuals depending on where your PC lies between minimum and recommended specs. But it’s nice to have such a wide range of hardware supported, and hopefully that helps with sales in the long run.If you plan on picking up Tomb Raider, it arrives on March 5 on PC as well as for PS3 and Xbox 360.last_img read more


first_img 35 Comments PLAIN-CLOTHES LITTER wardens are being deployed across Wexford in a bid to catch inconsiderate dog owners who aren’t cleaning up after their pets.In response to concerns that litter offences may be on the increase across Wexford, its council launched a series of initiatives aimed at identifying and prosecuting those responsible.The plain clothes council staff work during “dog walking hours” on established routes to address the growing problem of dog litter.The council said it has also engaged private companies to conduct covert CCTV surveillance of litter black spots, while mobile CCTV has also been deployed across the county’s road network to combat the unwelcome and unsightly practice of items of litter being discarded from passing cars.Recent increases in government funding has also allowed the council to use drone, satellite and surveillance technology in a bid to try and stop people from illegally dumping rubbish.Unauthorised bogus waste collectors and ‘man with a van’ operations advertising on the internet or through leaflets are also being targeted.Acting Director of Services Padraig O’Gorman is confident that the council’s renewed efforts to identify offenders is already paying dividends.He said: “In 2017, we issued court proceedings against 52 individuals and businesses for litter offences – this is in addition to the 218 on-the-spot which we also issued. Friday 16 Feb 2018, 9:42 PM Image: Shutterstock/Stanimir G.Stoev 17,517 Views We currently spend almost €2.8 million annually in managing litter in County Wexford  and that does not take into account the appalling damage caused to our tourist economy and our environment.“Wexford County Council has a strong track record when it comes to recovery and removal of dumped materials, and while this continues to be an important part of our litter management plan, it will not solve the underlying issue. A more investigative and punitive approach is clearly also required to remind offenders that we are serious about litter prevention, and that if you do litter, you will be prosecuted.”Read: Irish people spent over €1.3 billion on internet shopping last year – most of us used our debit cards >Read: The €116 billion Project Ireland 2040: Where is the money coming from? > Feb 16th 2018, 9:42 PM Share418 Tweet Email2 center_img Plain-clothes litter wardens operating in Wexford parks to catch out irresponsible dog owners Litter is on the rise in the Model County. Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Stanimir G.Stoev By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3856843 last_img read more


first_img Shocking denial of people’s human rights to critical healthcare. We must end this shameful scandal! #RTEInvestigates— Roisin Shortall (@RoisinShortall) February 6, 2017 Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 6:39 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: RTÉ InvestigatesHer mother said: “All she needs is her surgery and this will go away and she can start her life again and she’s not having her surgery, she doesn’t have a date. We’re still in limbo.”The programme had a look at the numbers, which shows an extra 80,000 people on waiting lists that are not published by the State.This included 22,927 on the Pre-Admit list, which details patients from across the country waiting up to 18 months on surgical procedures.A further 59,843 patients on the Pre-Planned list which details patients who require follow-up treatment such as surgical-pin removal, cataract removal, hip replacement or even corrective spinal surgery.People on this list can be waiting anywhere between six weeks to a year.Simon HarrisAired immediately after the programme, Simon Harris was interviewed on RTÉ’s Claire Byrne Live and defended the waiting list figures released by the government.He said: “[Long waiting times] shouldn’t be happening. Having said that, we produce waiting list figures in this country every month.”“They show, and they’re not produced by my department, the government or the HSE, they are produced by the national treatment purchase fund. They show how many people are waiting.” Byrne then drew his attention to the other, unpublished lists.“But do they really?” Claire Byrne asked. “We have the official waiting list, and the pre-admit list and the pre-planned list.There are over 80,000 people on these lists. They aren’t published, are they?Harris didn’t respond directly but said: “Yes, they are additional, but I think you need to be careful how they are described. My understanding is that there are two types of people in those categories.The first are people who have had procedures scheduled. These are people who finally get the phone call and now have a procedure booked. Secondly, there is a category of people who aren’t clinically able to go to the next stage of their procedure.Byrne then asked: “Should we not, in the interests of fairness and openness, tell people in Ireland, rather than an RTÉ investigations unit going to find out, that these lists exist.“I don’t think that is a fair categorisation,” the Health Minister replied. “Waiting lists are published monthly. They are audited. The NTPF follow international standards.I don’t, by the way, dispute the figures. What I am saying is they do tell us something different.He said that for people who have been contacted by a hospital and given an appointment within six weeks for their procedure, “that is very different”.A HSE statement on the matter apologised to patients and said that it was “unacceptable that any patient in our care, particularly patients suffering and in pain should experience any difficulty in making contact with our hospitals”.The HSE added that it will aim to ensure that no one is waiting longer than 18 months by the end of June this year.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Fianna Fáil Health spokesperson Billy Kelleher said we “simply don’t have the capacity” to meet demand in our hospitals. He also said hospital facilities were not being used efficiently.Róisín Shortall also called for end to this “shameful scandal”. Feb 7th 2017, 6:39 PM By Sean Murray http://jrnl.ie/3226537 The HSE previously told TheJournal.ie that Crumlin hospital commenced using the new theatre in November 2016 “to enable training with new equipment and also to facilitate spinal surgery in the most up-to-date environment”.Recruitment of nursing staff continues and until all staff are in place this theatre will not provide additional capacity.A new orthopaedic surgeon hire is now set to be in place for the end of June, according to Harris.Last night’s programme showcased how thousands of patients waiting for appointments and procedures in Irish hospitals are not included in the official waiting list figures.The total number of people waiting on the inpatient/day case waiting list as published by the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) on the 30 December 2016 was 81,015.However, RTÉ Investigates uncovered evidence that shows there are at least two other significant waiting lists which are not published by the NTPF.Speaking on Claire Byrne Live following the show, Health Minister Simon Harris defended the waiting list figures and rejected the idea that the government was not being open and fair on the issue.He did say, however, that he was “ashamed” and “heartbroken” at the number of people waiting for treatment.Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil today that Harris will speak to the heads of the Health Service Executive and the National Treatment Purchase Fund about the disclosure that many more patients were on the list than was first thought.“I found it difficult to watch,” said Kenny, speaking about last night’s programme.He outlined, that as of 31 January, there were 193 patients awaiting spinal procedures in Crumlin Children’s Hospital, of which 143 were for new spinal fusions.On average there are additional 250 patients every year, he said.He said the children’s hospital group confirmed there were 133 spinal fusions for scoliosis conducted in 2016, of which 44 were carried out by the private sector.Waiting listsThe RTÉ programme delved into the personal stories of patients who have remained on waiting lists for a long period of time.One of those on a waiting list is 13-year-old Megan who suffers from scoliosis, and her spinal curvature means she now finds it almost impossible to attend school.Megan described how she can feel sick with the pain and the programme revealed how she is forced to endure it while waiting for her surgery. Megan said, “I’m just sick of this stupid thing.” Share907 Tweet Email2 center_img Source: Roisin Shortall/Twitter Source: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ieUpdated 6.39pmMINISTER FOR HEALTH Simon Harris has announced that a new operating theatre for the treatment of scoliosis is to open at Crumlin Children’s Hospital in April.Speaking in the Dáil this evening, Harris said he was “pleased to announce” the opening. The announcement has come as an RTÉ Investigates programme claimed that patient waiting lists around the country are far larger than official estimates suggested.The new theatre is to carry out 194 spinal operations, a significant increase on last year according to Harris.The Minister also said that children on waiting lists must be treated within the scheduled wait time or have their case outsourced to private clinics for treatment.He added that a HSE action plan on scoliosis is now to be delivered by the end of the month.While the new theatre may be set to open, an older theatre closing means that capacity will not necessarily be greatly enhanced. Simon Harris ‘pleased to announce’ Crumlin Hospital scoliosis theatre to open in April It has emerged that there are an extra 80,000 people on hospital waiting lists outside the government’s official figures. 163 Comments The Taoiseach told the Dáil today that the scoliosis issue “is an absolute priority”.He said more will be done, adding that the private sector will “assist with this”.“The opening of a brand new theatre [at Crumlin Children’s Hospital] is dependent upon the recruitment of adequately trained staff and, believe me, the efforts that are going on to have staff who are qualified to do this work are exceptional,” said Kenny.Kenny said Minister Harris has called in the CEO of Crumlin Children’s Hospital to ask why an operating theatre has not been opened.“This is an issue that the minister himself was upset about,” said the Taoiseach.Additional reporting Cianan BrennanRead: Stories of people on hospital waiting lists are “absolutely inexcusable”, says Simon HarrisRead: ‘We had to get up at 4am and travel nearly four hours so Mum could get chemo’ Short URL 26,836 Views last_img read more


first_imgThe Greek Competition Commission is keeping an eye on kiosks in Crete for signs of price fixing after the retailers decided to up the retail cost of cigarettes, possibly triggering more price hikes on everyday goods.Kiosk owners on Greece’s largest island have decided to ignore recommended retail prices marked on cigarettes and up prices by 0.10 euros per packet on the grounds that their profit margin has diminished due to repeated tax hikes. A packet of cigarettes normally costs between 3.80 euros to 4 euros.“The commission monitors developments in the market and intervenes when necessary,” a source from the competitions watchdog told Kathimerini English Edition on Wednesday.Repeated tax hikes on tobacco products delivered as part of austerity measures promised in exchange for a 110-billion-euro EU-IMF loan last year has reduced kiosk’s profit margins to 3.6 percent, from 7.5 percent a year ago, argue the retailers.Higher prices have also had a negative impact on the amount of cigarettes sold, which make up 70 to 80 percent of kiosk revenues, they add.Kiosk owners in Thessaloniki have also decided to increase the price of cigarettes, local press reported on Wednesday.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


first_imgDerik Maples sat in an interview room at the Portland Police Bureau. His head was down. At first, Maples dodged the questions fired at him by the Vancouver Police detectives.“Were you the shooter?” John Ringo asked.“No,” Maples mumbled.Were you there during the shooting?Maples said nothing, but started crying. After nearly a half hour of more coaxing and conversation from Ringo and Detective Lawrence Zapata, Maples talked about the Dec. 1, 2009, shooting at the S&S Mart in Vancouver’s Rose Village that killed 45-year-old Clement Adams of Vancouver.His videotaped confession, which was given in Portland because that’s where he was captured, was played for jurors Thursday afternoon in Clark County Superior Court. Maples, 24, is charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder as an accomplice to convicted shooter Justin Tyler, now serving 32 years in prison.Trial began Oct. 10 and the case could go to the jury Monday. Ringo, the lead detective on the case, is expected to be the state’s final witness. Defense attorney David Kurtz is expected to make his case Monday.In the taped interview, Maples first appeared reluctant to talk, saying, “I don’t want nothing to happen to me.” The detectives implored him to accept responsibility and give his account.Maples eventually did so. He told them how he received a phone call earlier in the day to engage in a drug deal. He thought the potential buyer was acting suspicious by calling from a restricted number, so Maples brought along his friend, Tyler, as security. Tyler brought a handgun.last_img read more


first_img Load More Empire Resorts to delist from NASDAQ as Genting-linked firms given green light for takeover Genting Malaysia enjoys improved 2Q19 showing on better luck at Resorts World Genting The financial concerns follow a recent announcement by Genting Malaysia that it has entered into a binding term sheet with Kien Huat Realty III Ltd, the family trust of its Chairman Lim Kok Thay, for the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Genting (USA) Ltd to acquire 13.2 million shares in Empire Resorts, equivalent to a 35% stake.In turn, Kien Huat, which currently holds an 86% stake in Empire, has issued an unsolicited proposal to acquire all remaining Empire shares after which a new operating entity would be formed of which 51% would be owned by Kien Huat and 49% by Genting (USA) Ltd.Responding to a clarification request from Bursa Malaysia on Thursday, Genting Malaysia said, “We believe that, with immediate improvements to Empire’s operations following an expeditious consummation of the Proposed Merger, Empire’s present liquidity challenges can be met.“Empire [has] identified multiple options to address its current liquidity challenges, including seeking arrangements to provide additional liquidity, making reductions to its cost structure, restructuring of its and its subsidiaries’ existing debt terms and pursuing the joint non-binding proposal submitted by Genting Malaysia and Kien Huat.“Genting Malaysia strongly believes that the Proposal is the best alternative available to Empire’s stockholders and that the Proposal is also in the best interests of Genting Malaysia’s shareholders.”Genting Malaysia also provided further detail on its plans for Resorts World Catskills should it take full ownership, noting that its current New York property, Resorts World New York, is “the best performing asset in the said market and one of the highest grossing slot operations in the world.”“Resorts World New York, under Genting Malaysia’s leadership and management, has demonstrated a successful track record in New York both in terms of development and operations,” it said. “Genting Malaysia, because of its established management in New York, is in a unique position to take advantage of synergies between its existing operations at Resorts World New York and Resorts World Catskills.”Empire Resorts reported losses of US$138.7 million in 2018 and US$73.7 million for the six months to 30 June 2019. RelatedPosts Genting Malaysia has stated confidence that it can address any liquidity challenges at Empire Resorts following reports that the US-based casino operator is on the verge of declaring bankruptcy.It has been alleged this week that Empire Resorts, which owns and operates New York’s Resorts World Catskills and harness horseracing facility Monticello Raceway, will file for bankruptcy if it can’t produce fresh capital or a restructuring of more than US$400 million in debt. Genting Malaysia shares plummet almost 12% following news of Empire Resorts acquisition planlast_img read more


first_imgUPDATE: An MPA spokesperson tells FOLIO: the restructuring “will result in the departure of Richard O’Rorke, chief financial officer, and Chuck McCullagh, senior vice president, membership, at the end of September. Richard is leaving to spend more time with his family. Chuck is joining a technology company in the mobile space.”Jung, a former Kellogg company advertising and media senior director, will be responsible for promoting the value of print and digital magazine media to advertising and marketing decision makers. MPA says. In addition, he will oversee advertising research; advertising promotion, measurement and sales development; and the Publishers Information Bureau.In the EVP of digital role, Kevorkian will oversee the association’s digital strategies and will be responsible for “providing knowledge, tools and resources to support the industry’s digital expansion,” MPA says. The former Sunset magazine vice president and publisher most recently held senior positions at online business directory network Directorym.com as well as at Business.com.In addition to the new hires, the MPA says it promoted Howard Polskin to EVP of communications and events. “We’ve promoted Howard in recognition of the key role he’s played positioning MPA and magazine media on both print and digital platforms in the strongest possible light,” president and CEO Nina Link says in the statement. “In particular, he drove several key MPA initiatives including the inception and growth of MPA’s annual 24/7 digital conference, MPA’s first e-reading event and MPA’s digital awards.”James Cregan will continue to serve as EVP of government affairs, the group says. In a move the consumer magazine association says marks a significant repositioning, the Magazine Publishers of America has announced the appointments of three senior-level executives. Francis R. Costello was named executive vice president and general manager, Andrew Jung was named EVP and CMO, and Christopher Kevorkian was appointed EVP of digital.“The additions are intended to more effectively serve the changing needs of its members as well as help them capitalize on advances in technology that have presented new opportunities for magazine media companies,” the MPA says in a statement.As EVP and general manager, Costello—who formally served as president of printer R.R. Donnelly’s Magazine Publishing Services—will be charged with the association’s finance, administration, membership services, consumer marketing and sponsorship. The MPA says his appointment to this newly-created position represents a “consolidation of the financial, membership and consumer marketing activities.”last_img read more


first_imgJukkal: Good news for the people of Bichukunda as a 100-bed hospital will be opened here soon and they will not have to visit other hospitals for treatment.Health Minister Eatala Rajender made this announcement after inaugurating a 30-bed hospital at Jukkal in Bichukunda mandal on Tuesday. Rajender said that the State government is trying to improve public health in Telangana and make it an ideal State in the country. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Taking a dig at Congress and TDP, Rajender said parties that ruled the State for last 67 years did not even addressed the issue of public infrastructure, especially drinking water. Our farmer’s problems will be solved with the Kaleshwaram project, he said. Rajender said that our Chief Minister has started the mission Bhagiratha program with the intention of not giving the freedom to the women of women from trekking long distances to fetch drinking in pots. Telangana is the only State that provides free 24 hours electricity to farmers. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us Addressing the gathering on the occasion, R&B Transport Minister Vemula Prashantha Reddy said the Chief Minister sanctioned Rs 660 crore to develop roads in Kamareddy district. Of this, Rs 226 crore has been earmarked for the Jukal constituency only. All roads in Jukkal will be CC roads, he added. The Ministers inaugurated 33/11 KV substation at Mangloor in Nizamsagar mandal.last_img read more


first_img Popular on Variety Samsung is looking to launch a revised version of its high-end virtual reality (VR) headset, if a new FCC filing is any indication. The regulatory filing, which is partially redacted, mentions a new VR headset called the Samsung HMD Odyssey+.A Samsung spokesperson declined to comment.Samsung first launched the original Odyssey headset in October of last year. The headset runs Microsoft’s Mixed Reality software, and uses inside-out positional tracking, which allows users to lean into VR experiences without the need for any external tracking hardware.The new Odyssey+ seems to be largely based on the same specs as the original version, including dual 3.5 inch screens with a resolution of 1440*1600 pixels per eye, and integrated audio from AKG. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 CREDIT: Courtesy of FCCID.iocenter_img The specs included in the filing do mention a wider eye box as well as a redesigned nose part, which is supposed to reduce fogging of the lenses. This suggests that the changes could be mostly cosmetic.Samsung’s original Odyssey headset was part of a number of VR headsets released last year that run Microsoft’s Mixed Reality software. Some of those other Mixed Reality headsets have since seen steep discounts, selling for as little as $200.Samsung’s headset was original introduced with a $500 price tag, which has since been reduced to $400. Amazon currently lists the device as out of stock. Specs for the Samsung HMD Odyssey+ VR headset, as included in a FCC filing.last_img read more


first_imgSingapore: Singapore Airlines (SIA) is looking into allegations of rude crew behaviour made by a passenger on a recent flight from Singapore to Kolkata which was delayed by almost three hours, a media report said here today. On June 8, Flight SQ516 had experienced technical issues on the ground, resulting in a delay of two hours and 52 minutes. In a Facebook post, Chandni Doulatramani, who was on the plane, claims that cabin crew were rude to passengers who had asked why the flight was delayed, the Straits Times reported. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights In her post, accompanied by a video that has since been widely shared, Doulatramani said that upset passengers, who had already boarded the plane, became more agitated when they were allegedly told to remain in their seats with their seat belts on. The Singapore daily quoted her as saying, “When we confronted the cabin crew, they had no answers, rudely shut us up, threatened to call the cops to arrest us, and said ‘We are in the same situation as you are, don’t ask us, we don’t know anything’.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed She said, “The airline didn’t let anybody go. We were being treated like prisoners, being asked to sit in our seats and wear our seat belts. They told us if we were going to offload ourselves then we wouldn’t be allowed back in and they would put us on another plane which was two days later and they wouldn’t compensate us for any of it.” In the video she posted, passengers are seen arguing with airline staff. “We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused to our customers on board,” SIA said. With regard to the online post, we take these claims seriously and will be looking into them thoroughly,” the airline was quoted as saying.last_img read more


first_imgJonathan Jiménez (jjimenezfl) shared this image with us on the morning of Good Friday: the windows at the Parroquía de Nuestra Señora de Pilar in Tres Ríos, just east of San José.All the best to our readers who are observing Holy Week or taking in the sights and sounds of processions and services around Costa Rica today.Would you like to submit a photo to our #TTPicOfTheDay series – the view from your home or favorite Costa Rican spot, or any other image you care to share? Please send horizontal photos at least 1100 pixels wide to kstanley@ticotimes.net. We’d love to see the sights with you. Facebook Comments Related posts:Deadly beauty To the streets we go, bearing lanterns Go, Jason, go! Not too shabbylast_img


first_imgJudicial Investigation Police (OIJ) told The Tico Times this afternoon that the German tourist who disappeared from Montezuma, on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, on May 3 has not yet been found and that a number of phone tips have led to dead ends.“There are no indications of her location,” OIJ Officer Gabriel Jiménez, of the OIJ’s Cóbano branch, told The Tico Times by phone. “Various reports that she has been seen in different locations have been disproved.”Gerlinde Hahne, 75, went for a walk on the afternoon of May 3 in the community of Delicias and has not been seen since.Jiménez said that one report yesterday led officials to investigate a potential sighting in the city of Puntarenas, but to no avail.“It was a 31-year-old homeless person of Canadian origin,” he said.People who have information about Hahne’s whereabouts are asked to contact the OIJ at 2642-0480 or 800-8000-645. Jiménez said either number can accommodate callers who speak English and not Spanish.Below is a flyer circulated in Montezuma, courtesy of the Facebook group Montezuma Costa Rica. A flyer circulating in Montezuma. From the Montezuma Costa Rica Facebook group / Dagmar Spremberg Facebook Comments Related posts:Iconic Costa Rican high school suspends classes following student’s death A second round, Holy Sunday and the poor electoral menu Recent polls: Four candidates are vying for a Costa Rican runoff PHOTOS: Nicaraguans in Costa Rica gather to support their country during hard timeslast_img read more